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Probable Joshua-Klitschko Rematch To Go Down At Surprising Venue Outside Of England

Probable Joshua-Klitschko Rematch To Go Down At Surprising Venue Outside Of England
By Gavan Casey

Matchroom head honcho Eddie Hearn is confident that Wladimir Klitschko will exercise the rematch clause in his contract and throw down with Anthony Joshua once more in the autumn.

Klitschko has until early June to take up the rematch option, but Hearn is already looking at potential venues for Joshua-Klitshko II, all of them outside of England.

Tottenham Hotspur will play their home games at Wembley Stadium next season, making it near impossible to schedule an event of such magnitude at the original venue. Instead, Hearn has turned to Wales' Principality Stadium as his preferred option for another clash between the heavyweight titans.

Were the fight to take place in Cardiff, it would likely have to be in October due to Wales' November rugby internationals. Weather, however, would not be a factor due to the stadium's retractable roof - a massive plus for any boxing event.

However, failing Cardiff, Hearn is also looking at three venues further afield for the pair's prospective re-run. He told Declan 'Team Jeff' Taylor:

I believe Klitschko will go ahead with the rematch so we are looking at dates. The Principality Stadium is not really available in November because of rugby so 28 October is the option. Most of December is available but I don't really want to go that late.

osh has a bit of a sore shoulder, Klitschko has had a tough fight, his face was bashed up. You have got two more weeks in May, all of June and after that they will be thinking 'right let's get back in camp'. Even if you started back in camp in August, then you have September and October so end of October can work.

For Cardiff that date is an option and also December but I don't really want to go into December so we are looking at the MGM in Las Vegas, China and Dubai as options too.

Joshua would become the first English fighter to headline at what was once the Millennium Stadium, following in the footsteps of Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno whose WBC World heavyweight title clash happened at the smaller Cardiff Arms Park in 1993. 'Prince' Naseem Hamed graced the same venue in '95, when he rid Wales likely lad Steve Robinson of his WBO World featherweight belt.

The Principality last played host to a fight almost a decade ago, when Welsh ring wizard Joe Calzaghe inflicted a first defeat on the great Dane Mikkel Kessler, in turn retaining his WBA, WBO and WBC super-middleweight titles as well as his own undefeated record.


Irish rugby fans, of course, are no strangers to the famed Welsh arena, having packed it to the rafters for three Heineken Cup finals in the last 11 years, and travelled there in their droves for Ireland's away Six Nations fixture with the Welsh every odd year.

Irish football fans might well be revisiting the Principality the same month as Joshua-Klitschko II.

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